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Quick Look: Spigen Illuzion and Neo Hybrid Cases for the Galaxy S3 [Contest Too] (Update: Winners Picked)

Cases, cases and more cases. Seems like we have already covered a ton of Galaxy S3 cases over the last few weeks, but there are always more to show you (and giveaway). Today, we have two new ones from Spigen SGP, the Neo Hybrid and the Illuzion. One is a two piece standard back cover case, while the other is similar to flip cases, but with a snap and a really good fit and feel. 

Neo Hybrid

The Neo Hybrid Galaxy S3 case is a two part case, TPU and polycarbonate, that when applied fits extra tight onto a device. The first application is the softer TPU backing that is then locked into place by the outer polycarbonate frame. In the pictures I have posted, the grey part would be the soft TPU piece, with the “Sparkling” blue being the frame.

The case itself was a little finicky to put together on the device, but once I did, it held the phone well. All ports are exposed, plus you have coverings for your lock and volume switches. There are 8 color options:  Sparkling Blue (pictured), Dazzling Orange, Shining Grass, Lightning Yellow, Infinity White, Jade Blue, Rubine Red, and Reventon Yellow. The last four are only available for pre-order, however, we have the Infinity White case to giveaway today.

The bonus here is that Spigen has tossed in one of their Ultra Nano Clear screen protectors. So while the $26.99 price tag may seem a bit high, you do get the $14 screen protector in the package. I wouldn’t call this my favorite case ever, but if you need a soft feel, protection, a snazzy colorway, and a screen protector, it’s not a bad option.



The Illuzion flip case is probably one of my favorite flip cases thus far. It’s faux leather, but it feels great in hand. The size of it compared to other flip cases feels optimal, it has a latch that actually snaps into place, and it holds up to 3 cards in its door. All ports are exposed, so you won’t have any issues charging or snapping pictures. One of the coolest features is the way Spigen chose to have your device held in place. They actually used one of their Ultra Thin Air cases (which we’ll review later), so the device fits incredibly well and doesn’t feel like it’s sliding around – something we have experienced with other flip cases.

The Illuzion case comes in 4 colors:  Mandarine Rosa (pictured), Golden Mocah, Lemon Indigo, and Mandarine Black. We have all four of these to give away today.

At $32.99, the price is about where it should be. You are buying quality, a pretty color scheme, and an Ultra Thin Air case wrapped into one package.




Update: We have picked our six winners. Go check your inbox!

As always, after reviewing cases, we like to reward readers. So today, we have two (2) Neo Hybrid cases and four (4) Illuzion cases to give away. Thanks to Samsung and their one Galaxy S3 size fits all approach to this year’s device of the year, these will fit your GS3 no matter what carrier it’s on.


1.  In the comments, tell us what the favorite feature of your Galaxy S3 is.
2.  Then tell us which case of the colors listed below, that you would be honored to win:

Neo Hybrid colors:  Infinity White (picture) or Sparkling Blue

Illuzion colors:  Mandarine Rosa, Golden Mocah, Lemon Indigo, and Mandarine Black.

3.  Tomorrow (8/2) at 12:00 Pacific, we will randomly choose winners from the comments.

  • My Favorite feature of the S3 is the big beautiful screen! I had a galaxy nexus before and thought that was a great screen but the improvements over the original screen technology has made this wonderful device extraordinary. I would like mandarine black illuzion case if i win to give my white S3 some good contrast.

  • Hunter

    I love the screen, I thought it might be too big, but now that I’ve adjusted all other screens just seem tiny.

    Neo Hybrid in white or blue

  • Jakemerrell

    Opps I forgot to mention which one I would prefer if I were to win on my BIRTHDAY. The Neo Hybrid in Blue.

  • ineedthatpurse

    It sounds petty, but I truly love that I can change the font to something a little more “girly” on my Sammy3. Makes me feel like its all me.. and not everyone else too!
    Love the Illuzion in Mandarin or the Neo in Blue 🙂

  • Billy Blatter

    My favorite feature is the hard home key.
    I would love to have the sparkling blue Neo Hybrid. Thanks Droid-Life!

  • mickyimp

    That AMOLED display is just too nice
    Illuzion colors Mandarine Black

  • hollerwt

    The Neo case would be a great way for me to show of the 4.8 inch screen.

  • Rob Rowald

    Best Feature: that big beautiful screen. I’d be honored to win the Neo Hybrid in Sparkling Blue

  • Favorite thing about it? 2GB of ram!

    Would love a Mandarine Black Illuzion

  • Tom Dwenger

    My favorite feature is the different motions you can do with it. I would like to win the infinity white neo hybrid

  • My favorite feature is the hotspot! I like the white neo hybrid and the black illuzion.

  • S3 me ruv rong time. Me ruv the sexy srim curves. Me also rike fast camera and abirity to direct dial contacts by putting phone to ear.

    I’d love the Neo Hybrid shown above (Infinity White), and / or the Illuzion in Black.

  • mrbill187

    My favorite thing about the S3 is the great big screen (which needs protecting!).

    I’d take the New Hybrid in Infinity White and the Illuzion in Mandarine Black.

  • Honestly i love the fact that i dont have to root/rom this phone and its perfect/amazing the way it is.

  • carrie

    My favorite feature is..it’s not a iphone!! I would be honored to protect my non-apple product superior phone in the Illuzion, Lemon Indigo!

  • James J. Brown II

    My favorite feature of the SGSIII isn’t really a feature at all… It’s the fact that it has set a precedent in the Android world that and OEM can force the multiple carriers to sell their device as the device was intended. Sure there are a few tweaks here and there, as well as some bloatware, but the essence of the phone is intact across all carriers and across the globe. Sure there are issues across the development world concerning locked/encrypted bootloaders and other non-developer friendly traits… but to the general consumer, it’s a great device that represents the pinnacle of what Android has to offer. I would be honored to show off my SGSIII dressed up in an Illuzion Mandarine Black flip case! and as a footnote on my second favorite feature… The fact that I can stop mid text and just bring the phone to my ear to make a call is pretty sweet!!! ~Cheers

  • Aardvark99

    Best single feature? Performance (over my old phone at least). I also like the looks, thinness, lightness, and the speedy camera.
    Mandarine Black Illuzion please.

  • CodeInVB

    My favorite thing about my SGS3 is the locked bootloader. Thanks for protecting me VZW! I’d like to have the Sparkling Blue Neo Hybrid to add to that protective coccoon. 🙂

  • Frank Urbanski

    My favorite thing about the S3 is that it switched my wife from iPhone to Android. She would absolutely LOVE the Illuzion Mandarine Rosa.

  • Jose Santiago

    My girl loved her blackberry…took a lot of begging on my part to have her try the S3..Now she’s a app downloading, customizing, video chating machine. Hardly puts her phone down and has as much wallpapers and app drawers as she has shoes. Her BlackBerry? She had it recycled. Her favorite feature is the screen size..
    Hybrid-sparkling blue
    Illuzion-lemon indigo

  • Fromthesticks

    Finally upgraded from my fascinate. Loving the S3 thus far, best phone ever. I’m really digging the great screen, and so are all my friends.

    I don’t have a case or screen protector, therefor I would like the Spigen in blue or white (preferably blue to match my marble blue S3)

    Thanks Droid-life

  • My favorite features of my GSIII are probably the blazing speed and the camera. Coming from an OGD I am impressed. I’d like the blue Neo Hybrid case.

  • My favorite thing about it is that beautiful screen!

    My picks would be the Illuzion in Lemoni Indigo

    …(2nd choice Mandarine Black), or with the Neo Hybrid – Infinity White

  • Vince

    One of my favorite things about the S3 is the battery life for such a large screen.

    Illuzion – Mandarine Black or Neo Hybrid – Sparkling blue

  • The awesome display Neo hybrid blue

  • My favorite thing about my shiny new SII is the battery life, my Motorola wasn’t holding a charge for 4 hours anymore. My SIII lasts the day, and that is amazing to me.

    Illuzion colors: Mandarine Black

  • yel

    My favorite GS3 feature is the SmartStay function as I find it useful when reading longer articles.

    I’d be honored to win the Illuzion Lemon Indigo. Thanks for doing this contest.

  • will

    watch video while texting
    Neo Hybrid color Infinity White

  • AbelRod

    I really enjoy the quickness of this this its so fast especially coming from a droid 2

    I would like the
    Illuzion in black, I’ve been looking for some kind of wallet case this looks perfect

  • Best Grocery List of the Year: (Check) (Check)
    Excellent design (Check)
    Awesome hardware (Check)
    Solid battery Life (Check)
    Power and solid graphics and video in HD (Check)
    Top tier developer support (Check)
    Amazing availibility (Check)

    + an FU to locked bootloaders & VzW(Almost complete)

    +Neo Hybrid Infinity White (Almost complete…)


    Perfect imperfection (Check +1)

  • legalkill

    Maybe silly but I love the swipe to call or message from either contact list. Its the simple things i guess.

    I would like a Neo Hybrid (Blue)

  • Rich

    My favorite thing about the S3 is everything. I just migrated from a droid x. What’s not to like? And, of course its the best phone out in the market. Obviously neo-hybrid white. Us minimal lovers know its the perfect match for the pebble blue, in color, size, weight, and sturdiness

  • Arpit Patel

    I love the huge screen and the ability to quickly send files using S Beam. Infinity White.

  • Dilson Silva

    My favorite feature is all the sharing features built into the phone and the camera quality. Left my regular shooter at home for a recent vacation and the wife and I took all our pictures with our GS3s. Buddy share and S-Beam made it easy to swap photos of the kids and Best Shot and Burst mode made the kids look real and not like some red-eyed blur. I think that was the designed for humans feature Sammy was so excited about.

    Would like a neo hybrid in white or blue or the illuzion in indigo.

  • Henry

    I love the picture sharing featurea on the S3. I would love to win the Mandarine Black case =]

  • I think the Best Photo feature would probably be my favorite since I’m forever taking pictures and videos with my smexy SGSIII. I haven’t run out of room yet on the internal 32gb of storage :-). I think my choices for colors would be sparkling blue first since I have the pebble blue version or shining grass if the other isn’t available at the time.

  • My favorite feature of the s3 is the swipe to screen shot.,its super slick. I definitely love all the different motion features but when people see me do the screen capture by swipe,they’re eyes always get big (Thats James Bond style lol.)Plus it makes it easier when posting homescreens. I would love to win the blue Neo Hybrid case!

  • Favorite thing about this phone you ask? ALL my friends envy it! Also, The whistle notification is an amazing conversation starter with women!

    I’d like the Neo Hybrid in white!

  • The speed! And root, don’t forget root…

  • ahaltcj

    My favorite things about my S3 is the Screen and Motion controls (direct call, smart alert, etc..)
    It would be my absolute honor to win the Illuzion in Lemon Indigo

  • Ionut Costica

    I love how speedy it is, and the screen is just beautiful. *fingers crossed for a Sparkling Blue Neo Hybrid*

  • Daler

    I love the screen on it, It is soo good that you can play or watch movie in really beautiful HD mode.
    I would like to have Illuzion case in Mandarin Black if possible if not then Golden Mocha is good too.

  • My favorite feature of my GS3 is the camera, I can’t stop taking pics with it, they look so good.

    If I happen to win, then I’d be content with either color of the Neo Hybrid case. And if those are taken then the Illuzion case would be neat too.

  • Davros

    There’s a lot I like about this phone but the thing that impresses me most is the battery life. With low usage I can get 2 days out of 1 charge though I get a full day when not watching too many videos or games. Neo in white for me.

  • Lawrence

    Love the big screen. Coming from OG Moto Droid, it’s a huge upgrade.
    Neo hybrid in sparking blue please. Cant believe I just wrote “sparking”

  • Alex Mosqueda

    my favorite thing about my gs3 is that it is the perfect balance of power and outstanding battery life i have not once had a day where i have searched for a plug in the middle of the day because my phone was dying

    if i win i would love the illuzion Mandarine Black case

  • My favorite feature is the gorgeous screen. Watching HD Netflix and the Olympics with my unlimited data is very satisfying. Infinity White Neo Hybrid.

  • My favorite feature is the Smart Stay.. I mean who doesn’t like their phone to know when they are looking at it. Now my phone acts just like a typical woman….. Turns off when I don’t feel like paying attention to it and when I do pay attention it never goes away….

    I personally like the Infinity white on the Neo-Hybrid… Two classic colors rolled into one… Ying met yang

  • Ryan

    Love the battery, with the new data plans its hard to use phones like these without paying a fortune. So with phone calls, a ridiculous amount of texting, and with the occasional searches using data, my phone last a comfortable two days no problem! best battery life of any smartphone ive used!

    I would love the illuzion mandarine black if by some chance i won! Good luck to all

  • My favorite thing about my galaxy s3 is the battery life. i use to have a droid and HATED the battery, would get 8 hours max. I am now in love with my new phone and have been looking for a case for it that i like. Love the illuzion case but cant afford it.

    I Would absolutely love the Illuzion in Mandarine Black. Thank you for doing the giveaway and congrats to whoever wins.